Welcome to the Colorful Copic & ART SQUARES blog hop!
You are in for treat today as Copic pairs up with the ever popular Art Squares by Inchie Arts. There are so many things to love about this pairing!
Did you know:
- Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
- They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
- Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
- They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
- Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
- Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
- Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
- You can mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.
You can find more information about both Copic products and Inchie Art Squares at the links below.
The Copic teaching and design teams have been challenged to put marker (or ink) to these precision-cut matboard surfaces and see what happens!
I created two cards with the Inchies, and I must say, I had so much FUN creating them!
Here's my first card:
My first card is 4.25" square, with a 3" White Inchie Art Square as the focal point. I quite like the 3" size, as it's perfect for a card front.
I began by stamping the sweet bunny and balloon images from MFT's Somebunny stamp set onto the Art Square with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I then created a mask of each using Eclipse Masking Tape. I laid the mask right over the stamped images, and went to town creating my background. First, I placed a Post-It Note across the bottom, covering the ground area. I then placed the Cloudy Day Stencil over the Art Square, and air-brushed it with my BG45 Copic Marker and my Copic Airbrush System. I then moved the stencil ever so slightly and sponged on some Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, creating a fun "halo" effect on the clouds. I removed the stencil and airbrushed very lightly over the whole sky with my FBG2 Copic Marker. (Yes, I really used a fluorescent marker to create that soft sky!)
I then removed the Post-It note, and placed it over the sky area, leaving only the ground area exposed. I air-brushed the ground with my YG45 Copic Marker, removed the Post-It note completely, and created lots and lots of grass blades with an assortment of green Copic Markers.
Finally, I removed the masks from the bunny and balloon images, and colored them with the following Copic markers:
Coloring on the Art Squares is surprisingly easy. I worried that I might have trouble with the ink feathering outside the lines; but I had no trouble at all. Even the blending was easy! I added a little bit of white highlight to the balloon with some Opaque White and a very fine paintbrush.
The sentiment is from Sweet Birthday Wishes, and was stamped in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.
The card layers were die-cut using the Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX Die-namics and Stitched Square STAX Die-namics. A trio of coordinating enamel dots adds a little zing.
Here's a look at the inside of the card:
I added a couple of strips of Persimmon card stock, stamped the bunny in Ripe Raspberry, and stamped the sentiments in both Ripe Raspberry & Persimmon.
My second card is a sweet Valentine. This might have been the most fun I've had creating a card in quite a while!
I saw this fabulous technique by Julie Ebersole, and just had to try it. Julie used pigment inks on hers, and I just knew it would work so well with my Copics.
I used four 2" Inchie Art Squares for this one. I began with a roll of Eclipse Masking Tape & a couple of small heart dies from the Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics. I covered each square completely with the masking tape, and then embossed the heart dies using the same die sandwich that I would if I was going to cut them with regular paper. The Art Squares are too thick to cut all the way through, but leave a beautifully embossed image after you run them through. I moved the hearts around in different places on each square to keep the design a bit whimsical.
After I embossed all four squares, I peeled off the masking tape around the hearts (and inside the small hearts on a couple of the squares). I then air-brushed the background with my RV09 Copic Marker. After air-brushing all four squares, I removed the remaining masking tape, leaving beautiful white hearts underneath.
I then used VersaMark ink, and thick, clear enamel embossing powder to create a beautiful glossy sheen on each square. I found that I had to emboss each square three times to get the smoothest glossy finish.
Once they were cooled, I layered the squares onto Smooth White card stock, and die-cut another layer using the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. The final touch is a sweet die-cut sentiment made using the Straight to My Heart Die-namics. The card itself is 5.25" square.
Here's a look at the inside:
I added a strip of Razzle Berry card stock, and stamped the hearts and sentiment from the All My Love stamp set in Razzle Berry ink.
Now, you'll want to hop along to the rest of the designer's blogs to see their fabulous Inchie Art creations:
Cindy Lawrence <---You are here!
Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!
Have an incredible weekend! Happy Valentine's Day!
Birthday Bunny Card:
Heart Full of Love Card: